22 February 2010

Visualisation and Mash-ups with Social Media - Where could this take us?

This post has the theme of decision making in today's world of social media. What is the impact of social networks and data mash-ups and visualisations of their content on decision making?

The post on Talented Apps looks at the role of humans in the network the concept of balancing the size of the network (the number of the participants) and the voice of the individual.

A recent post Harvard Business Review: Four Ways of looking at Twitter demonstrates how trends can be pulled from social networks. Another post Tech Crunch: Five Ways to Mix, Rip and Mash your Data. provides an overview of tools that can be used to build agents to bring together information from RSS feeds and other sources giving people more tool sets to gauge information flow.

But what does popularity in tweets or RSS Feeds mean?

I find myself tossing between two quotes:

"If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas."
- George Bernard Shaw


"There's a whiff of the lynch mob or the lemming migration about any overlarge concentration of like-thinking individuals, no matter how virtuous their cause." - P.J. O'Rourke

1 comment:

  1. Interesting quotes. I sit on the side of Shaw's quote, though O'Rourkes is probably more accurate in today's culture in the enterprise (i.e. the uneducated). However I am on a mission to change that culture ;-)

    Data visualisation techniques I feel are going to play more of a crucial role in the decision making process as we increase our access to information through the use of social media and social networks.

    Be interested in knowing if you come to any conclusions on what data visualisation techniques you think will be used. Feel free to share any ideas you have and i'll let you keep the apple ;-)